In 2018, our Parish initiated the Orthodox Natural Church Development (ONCD) Program. This program is directed by Fr. Jonathan Ivanoff and is designed to help our Parish become healthy and vibrant. The program has several core stages that take time to complete so your patience is greatly appreciated as we move forward with the program. Stage 1 (Church Survey) was completed in 2018 and we are in the process of moving into Stage 2 (Focus Groups) in the coming weeks.
As a directive of Fr. Ivanoff, an advisory committee (The Church Health Team or CHT) was formed in 2018 to coordinate the integration of the ONCD Program into the life of our parish. Its members are stewards of our parish: Mike Vranesevic, Sari McNamara, Protinica JoAnn Rocknage, Marco Lukacs, Lyle Washowich, Donna Vranesevic, and Proto Stevo Rocknage.
Christ is in our midst! We are very interested in your participation in the Second Phase of the ONCD Program that is before us: the FOCUS GROUPS! Their purpose is to acquire Participants' opinions, beliefs, perceptions, and attitudes relative to the Spiritual Health and Growth of our beloved Parish.
The accumulated information generated from these Focus Groups will help us to realize the overall goal for our community: to grow in our spiritual health; to become more Christ-centered and focused on seeing in all persons the Image and Likeness of God; to become better witnesses to our Orthodox Faith by becoming better examples of the Faith's Stewardship, thereby attracting both the lapsed Orthodox Christians as well as the non-Orthodox to our Church Community, with the sole purpose being to strengthen our Spiritual Health as a Christ-centered community.
Each Focus Group will consist of a Facilitator, a note-taker, and a maximum of 12 participants. By the first week of April, it is our hope that the Focus Group meetings will begin in the homes of the following parishioners who have volunteered to be hosts.
Focus Groups - Round 1 (Completed in June 2019) The goal of this initial focus group was to determine what some of the barriers are.
Focus Groups - Round 2:
Denise Englert - McKeesport - Thursday, Sept 12, 2019 (1:00 PM)
Mike Vranesevic - Irwin - Monday, Sept 16, 2019 (7:00 PM)
Dan Pacura - White Oak - Tuesday, Sept 17, 2019 (7:00 PM)
Lyle Washowich - West Jefferson Hills - Friday, Sept 20, 2019 (7:00 PM)